Oh Lord, won’t you give me $30,000.00?*

I just read this article talking about an internet startup involving a girl and her boyfriend in New York. Of course, the word ‘internet startup’ interests me, but when I read it involved just two people, a girl and her boyfriend living and working out of an apartment in New York on a shoestring budget, the similarities between what Jill and myself are doing got me hooked.

Naturally the parts that I could relate to were interesting to read. The fact we have to maintain day jobs, the sleepless nights, the unusual working conditions that are par for the course for most internet plays (or most starting businesses for that matter). But then I read they started out with USD $30,000.00, then the interest turned to something akin to ‘sus!‘.

$30k is P1,290,000.00 even in these weak dollar times, and by God if I had that kind of money, I promise you now, and I’m not kidding you: I’d have a site that’d be pulling hits in the 5,000 or so a day – almost every retail fashion store in Manila would want to be doing business with us – and I’d have 3 to 6 other sites shaking up their specific industries, doing strong plays on their own.

Of course it’s easy for me to go ranting on about this, but as with most discussions that have to do with comparing who or what I am to who are what someone else is, I’ll just end up saying something that starts with ‘How I Wish..’ this or that other. And since nothing of value really comes out of wishing you were somewhere or something else, plus aside from the fact that I’m actually quite happy about where and who I am right now thank you very much, I’ll just stop this right here.

It just shook me up a little to be interested in reading what apparently had the angle of ‘starting from nothing’ and then turning out they had a veritable gold mine, albeit in Philippine Peso terms, to work with.

* – Oh and the title of this post is an ode to a wonderful Janis Joplin Song called ‘Mercedes Benz‘, which I often sing to myself whenever I end up comparing myself to others and consequently feeling down on myself. It has an interesting stanza:

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

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